2001 Subaru Forester Consumer Review: Rode Hard and Put Away Wet
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2001 Subaru Forester Wagon - Consumer Review

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Rode Hard and Put Away Wet
By MoabIL 1 on

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2001 Subaru Forester L AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Needed a vehicle for annual trips from IL to
the southern UT backcountry. The carlike
ride and good gas mileage (25/31 w/ 5-
speed) make the long haul across Kansas
bearable. Great off-road--has handled
rivers, mud and sand, bare rock, snow and
freezing rain, but the lack of a low range
transfer case means crawling up or down
rocky inclines is not an option. The trade-off
for the on-road performance and fuel
economy is worth it. Minor complaints after
38,500 miles: fuel filler door won't stay
closed and Bridgestone Duelers sucked.
The interior is spartan but has plenty of room
for 3 weeks' worth of food and camping
gear.

Best Features

Versatility without major compromises in ride quality, fuel economy, reliability or performance.

Worst Features

Make the center dash storage compartment the cupholder location--it can't be that hard to design something that would be an improvement on the existing setup. Give me low range gearing at a reasonable price!
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